Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Endhiran (2010)

Director: S. Shankar

Starring: Rajnikanth, Aishwarya Rai, Danny Denzongpo, Santhanam, Karunas

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Love, hate, and betrayal between the creator and his creation

Plot: A gifted scientist constructs an equally gifted robot, who sets out into the world for the first time with some unexpected and mind-blowing consequences.

My rating: 8.5/10

Will I watch it again? You bet your sweet asp I will!

HOLY SHIT! This nearly 3 hour movie kicks ass!!! That's right, it's about 15 minutes shy of 3 hours and there's barely a dull moment. It's got humor (sometimes a bit too silly), tenderness (you really care about the characters), plot (it feels and flows naturally), suspense, and more action than you can shake a hypnotized cobra at! It all started for me when, a few months ago, I saw the following clip (WARNING: THIS DOES SPOIL A LITTLE BIT OF THE ENDING - but it didn't matter to me. It was still a fucking blast!):

What you just saw is only a piece of what's in store for you and that clip is a compilation of some of the action bits in the final act. They spread it out enough to give you a moment to catch your breath before they fuck your shit up again...and again...and again. Michael Bay might as well get on his knees and blow Ganesha or whomever 'cause India is a country that knows how to make an entertaining as fuck movie. There's more creativity in that one clip than there is in Bay's entire catalog...20 years from now! The ONLY thing that I was disappointed in were the songs. Yes, like all Bollywood/Kollywood movies, this has several song and dance numbers. They're just not as fun as I would have hoped for and they're very modern with more of a slick, MTV look than inventive dance routines. Hell, they only make about 80,000 movies a year over there so they've got to do something different I guess.

Do yourself, and your friends, a favor and find this movie. It's fantastic! You'll laugh your ass off and wonder how the hell so much time passed so quickly. It's the most expensive movie ever made in India and it was damn worth every nickel, rupee, yen, whatever. The special effects are outstanding...except for explosions. Those are horrible...but everything else is creative and fun as hell. This was my (and many others in attendance) first Bollywood/Kollywood movie and I can't wait to watch another one. And I know what it's going to be...

...and remember, kids...

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